Murder suspect Bourne Huddleston takes witness stand

, Posted: Tue, April 15 2014 at 6:16 PM, Updated: Tue, April 15 2014 at 6:47 PM

Medford, Ore. -- On Tuesday, Bourne Huddleston took to the witness stand. He's the man accused of murdering his wife by shooting her in the head in March 2012 at their home.

Closing arguments were also made in the second day of week two in the Huddleston murder trial.

Murder suspect takes the stand

While Huddleston was on the stand, he recounted to jurors what happened, in his own words, on the night he claimed his wife committed suicide. He continued to claim innocence saying he did not shoot her.

Prosecutors pressed Huddleston with questions. Huddleston admitted he lied in his first interview with detectives. He also said Kristy had stress in her life that drove her to suicide.

According to Huddleston, after he said his wife shot herself, he was scared and took off in his truck.

"I wanted to call 911 and I just didn't know what to do and once again, as a coward I jumped in my truck and took off leaving my son in the house," he said with emotion.

Other witnesses testify

Dr. James Olson, the medical examiner, returned to the stand and clarified his position saying in his opinion, there's no evidence to suggest a suicide.

Other witnesses also testified. Kristy's friends and co-workers said she didn't have any more stress than usual.

Both sides make closing arguments

In closing arguments, the prosecution pointed out what they said were inconsistencies in Huddleston's story.

Jackson County Deputy DA David Hoppe brought up one example where Huddleston had said his wife Kristy was okay with him having Lori Roberts as his girlfriend since he said he and Kristy were in an open relationship. However, he then later said she was mad when he was on his way to see his girlfriend on the night she was killed.

The prosecution also summed up their case.

Bob Abel, Huddleston's defense attorney, took issue with forensics in the case saying important tests were not conducted and the crime scene was released too soon. Abel also called into question the credibility of the two men who came forward as witnesses for the prosecution saying Huddleston was willing to pay $20,000 to have his wife killed.

Jury deliberations expected on Wednesday

Jury members will be back at the Jackson County Circuit Court at 9 Wednesday morning to begin deliberations.

Count on NBC 5 News to bring you updates on what happens inside the courtroom.
  

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